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10hPierre LeBrun

How Europe matches up against Canada

Made up of veteran players from eight countries, Europe plays a very patient game and limits its mistakes. The team is no pushover. But can it beat the juggernaut that is Team Canada?

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3dCraig Custance

Who comes back for Team USA?

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey couldn't have gone much worse for Team USA. Which players will be back representing the country in the future?

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9hJoe McDonald

Pride the root of Europe's success

A complete unknown and a bit of a joke early on, Europe has come together and proved with its win over Sweden and a berth in the finals against Canada that it is the real thing.

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13hJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Sidney Crosby's on a roll, but where's the emotion?

For Sunday's Hat Trick Challenge, ESPN anchor John Buccigross wants Sidney Crosby to show more rage and wonders if we'll see one of his Canada linemates make a (Brad) Marchand of the Penguins.

Chris Jones

The funnest day ever

Chris Jones took his son on an epic sports trip -- a Toronto FC game, followed by a World Cup of Hockey game -- and it taught him more about being a dad than anything else.

Tavares wrister from slot gives Canada three-goal cushion (0:34)
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1dPierre LeBrun

Crosby outduels Ovechkin again

In yet another important international head-to-head confrontation, Sidney Crosby emerged victorious, while Alex Ovechkin was shut down. Has Ovechkin's legacy been permanently established?

Crosby puts two-way skills on display scoring first goal of game (0:26)
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2dCraig Custance

Bryzgalov: Canada like Orcs from 'The Hobbit'

Former Team Russia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov still has vivid memories -- and colorful descriptions -- of Canada's dominant win when the teams last met in an important game.

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3dChris Jones

Team USA learns the hard way that heart can be fickle

Team USA, knowing it couldn't match Canada's talent, favored passion over skill when building its World Cup of Hockey roster. The strategy backfired and left the team brokenhearted.


Team USA's exit, semi-finals preview, more

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald and Chris Jones examine Team North America's exit from the World Cup of Hockey and preview the semi-finals matchups.

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3dCraig Custance

Flat Team USA sent packing

Considered one of the favorites before the World Cup, the Americans ended their embarrassing run with a loss to the Czechs, a team many considered the weakest in the tournament.

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Malkin scores short side to extend Russia's lead (0:45)
Ovechkin sets up Tarasenko for easy goal (0:42)
Seguin calls the Cup his goal this season (2:18)
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4dCraig Custance

What to expect from Patrik Laine in the NHL

Though Patrik Laine has not done much on the score sheet in the World Cup, his game has drawn comparisons to all-time greats, Craig Custance writes.

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4dChris Jones

North America amazes in one thrilling minute

The sport's future flashed before Sweden's eyes as Team North America's kids put on a dazzling display of speed and skill in one hot minute at the World Cup of Hockey.

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2016 World Cup of Hockey schedule

Dates have been set for all 17 possible games at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, all to be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.


Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Can argue the format slighted nations like Slovakia and Switzerland, but many of these players would love a real opportunity to beat Canada.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

The idea is goofy and they likely won't win, but Kopitar and Draisaitl amongst others have never had a opportunity to win a major int title.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Jordan Kyrou, 35th ovr pick by STL, has had a very strong camp to date. 1G 2P, 16 min of TOI and 3 shots today vs. CBJ. Dynamic speed/skill.

Andrew Shaw @shawz15er

Had a great time playing at The Bell Center Infront of all the Canadiens fans today! Even tho I scored on my own net 🙈

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Apparently Columbus wants to get a good look at Oliver Bjorkstrand this preseason. Played 22 minutes today!! (albeit 8 was on the PP).

Brandon Prust @BrandonPrust8

Who's the guy who jumped in Mcilroy's cart lol guy posted up beside him chattin em up like they were best buds. Mans got a playoff to play!

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

A firing by Skype reference from Ralph Krueger. Still can't believe that's how it went down. Especially for a guy this classy.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Ralph Krueger jokes that the more success Team Europe has the less likely it will exist in next World Cup.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Europe coach Ralph Krueger begins his press conference by thanking the NHL and NHLPA for creating Team Europe.

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Europe's Frans Nielsen: "I don't think we've been one of the best teams in the tournament, but I think we've been one of the smartest."

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Europe's Marian Hossa talks about the moment during World Cup play that he realized his team had a chance to win it all.


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Canada coach Mike Babcock on facing Team Europe in the World Cup finals.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Canada GM Doug Armstrong on Europe: They're a hell of a team, not just a good story.